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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 12, 2010 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

I think last time we had this debate, someone pointed out (or I hope they did), that we really can't read too much into "spiritual" lyrics; if we applied the same reasoning to all the GD lyrics, we'd get nowhere. Did Bobby sing Me and My Uncle nine thousand times because he wanted to promote the murder of cowboys or the murder of uncles? Well, I don't think they sang about Jesus loving you best because they believed in (or wanted to get others to believe in) Jesus as savior. I don't know what any of them believe personally - the hints they've given over the years are often vaguely spiritual or New Agey - but it's just a song.

Bid You Goodnight is an amazing song. I love it; I actually love gospel music, and I'm a hardened atheist.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 12, 2010 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

Another example: Was Bobby really promoting statutory rape with his "girl that's just 14" in Mexicali, or was he just embellishing a good story with an example of how low this character had fallen?

I had a friend who was disturbed that Jerry liked to sing Friend of the Devil so much, it always cracked me up.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-08-12 16:13:48

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 12, 2010 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

almost as bad - larceny, revenge and murder in Jack Straw...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 12, 2010 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

Bobby didn't have much choice, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl was already taken.


Perhaps that't another thread: Do bands singing songs with questionable sexual morals really believe in that message? If so, I've got a rather troubling amount of deviants on my iPod.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Aug 12, 2010 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

brings to my mind the 11/8/69 performance, where pig substitutes "13" for "17" in the closing line...

*shudder*

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 12, 2010 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

Oh, dear.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 12, 2010 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And We Bid You Goodnight

LOL, well, rock and roll really is as debauched as our parents said it is.